ACT College Readiness Benchmarks by Career Field

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For each of the 2020 projected five fastest-growing career fields, less than half of the 2013 high school graduates interested in careers in these fields met the ACT College Readiness Benchmark in Science, and in only one field, Computer/Information Specialties, did 50% or more meet the Mathematics Benchmark. Within each of the five career fields, fewer than 50% of the 2013 graduates met all four Benchmarks; though graduates interested in Computer/Information Specialties field were close to doing so.

Across all five career fields, graduates were most likely to meet the English Benchmark and least likely to meet the Science Benchmark.

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Percent of ACT-Tested High School Graduates Meeting ACT College Readiness Benchmarks by Career Field, 2013

Graph reads: In 2013, 65% of all ACT-tested high school graduates who indicated a career interest in Education met the ACT College Readiness Benchmark in English.

Career FieldEnglishReadingMathScience
Education65%43%38%31%
Computer/
Information Specialties
68%50%54%48%
Community Services63%44%36%30%
Management54%34%35%27%
Marketing/Sales63%39%39%29%